Wednesday, July 27, 2022

1976 – Weedon Cops Open Class Competition at Fair

West Liberty, Iowa (July 27, 1976) – Ron Weedon of Pleasant Valley took the lead on the opening lap and then kept it the rest of the way for the open late model feature win on Tuesday night at the West Liberty Fair.

Weedon, who started on the outside of the front row, pulled away from polesitter Steve Keppler of Marion at the drop of the green flag and never looked back.

Keppler, who turned the fastest lap during time trials, stayed on Weedon’s back bumper the entire time but was never good enough to overtake him.

Mike Niffenegger of Kalona, last Saturday night’s winner, put on a late charge but settled for third.

Heat wins were recorded by Darrell Dake of Cedar Rapids, Duane Steffe of East Moline, Ill., Curt Hansen of Dike and Bob Kosiski of Omaha, Neb. Larry Rummelhart of Riverside won the 15-lap semi-main.

John Simenec of Rock Island, Ill., returned after an absence of several weeks and won the sportsman feature, outdueling red hot Chuck Lukemyre of Tipton for the checkered flag.

Simenec owned the pole position and grabbed the lead right away, winning in a close duel.

Heat winners were Simenec and Lukemyre, with Randy Adams of Muscatine winning the semi-main.

Results –

Late Models –

Time trials – Steve Keppler, Marion (25.00)
Heat #1 – Darrell Dake, Cedar Rapids
Heat #2 – Duane Steffe, East Moline, Ill.
Heat #3 – Curt Hansen, Dike
Heat #4 – Bob Kosiski, Omaha, Neb.
Semi-main – Larry Rummelhart, Riverside
Feature –
1. Ron Weedon, Pleasant Valley
2. Steve Keppler
3. Mike Niffenegger, Kalona
4. Ed Sanger, Waterloo
5. Tom Steuding, Altoona, Wis.
6. Duane Steffe
7. Curt Hansen
8. Bob Kosiski
9. Roger Dolan, Lisbon
10.Dave Chase, Council Bluffs
11.Darrell Dake
12.Bill Zwanziger, Waterloo
13.Tom Hearst, Wilton
14.Ken DeGood, Hills
15.Dave Birkhofer, Muscatine
16.Larry Jenkins, Wilton
17.Gary Webb, Davenport
18.Bill Beckman, Lisbon

Sportsman –

Heat #1 - John Simenec, Rock Island, Ill.
Heat #2 – Chuck Lukemyre, Tipton
Semi-main – Randy Adams, Muscatine
Feature –
1. John Simenec
2. Chuck Lukemyre
3. Ron Pallister, Wapello
4. Butch Cassady, West Branch
5. Roy Rees, Iowa City
6. Ron Boyse, Wellman
7. Dave Wheeler, Davenport
8. Mike Wheeler, Davenport
9. Lyle Kammerer, Davenport
10.Jerry Brumley, Iowa City
11.John Simenec,
12.Chuck Lukemyre, Tipton

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